Swoon Worthy Gargoyle! Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter

Posted November 21, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

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Swoon Worthy Gargoyle! Queen of Hearts by Kristen PainterQueen of Hearts by Kristen Painter
Series: Sin City Collectors #2
Published by Kristen Painter on June 25, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 111 pages
Format: eBook
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Welcome to Las Vegas, home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.

Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.

Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.

But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.

What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...

SWOON  wellwritten  ebook
I’m no stranger to Kristen Painter’s work. She writes one hell of a great urban fantasy series with outstanding world building. I can now say that she writes paranormal romance just as well.

I like that the novellas in the Sin City Collectors series is loosely collected which means each novella can easily be read as a stand alone. So you could start with QUEEN OF HEARTS (but I recommend you read ACES WILD too).

I have limited experience with gargoyles so I was excited that the hero in QUEEN OF HEARTS is a sexy alpha made of stone with a heart of gold. Jason is all alpha but he’s not afraid to let Claudette take the lead when they work together taking down the bad guy. And even though we didn’t get to see any smexy times between the couple I just know that Jason wouldn’t mind letting Claudette take charge in the bedroom too.

Claudette is a strong and beautiful feline shifter that’s semi-retired from the SCC. She’s called in to work a collection and meets Jason who is the person she’s sent to collect. But after she meets Jason and gets to know him, Claudette knows there’s more going on.

The romance between Claudette and Jason is full of sexual tension and borders on sweet. Kristen Painter reels you in and leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to read more in the Sin City Collectors series. Next up for me is DEAD MAN’S HAND. I have to find out more about the wraith, Ares that we meet in QUEEN OF HEARTS. Then I’m move on to Amanda Carlson’s novella ANTE UP.


About Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site Romancedivas.com.

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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3 responses to “Swoon Worthy Gargoyle! Queen of Hearts by Kristen Painter

  1. The only books I’ve read that featured gargoyles were Anton Strout’s (it was so-so) and Sydney Somers’ which was quite good. I kinda wish that these were longer though, I’m not a big fan of novellas, although I am enjoying Painter’s writing via her Crescent City series.

  2. Like you, I have little experience with gargoyles. I knew Biz and his family from The Hollows. I also watch the cartoon by Disney years ago. There is a series by Christine Warren. I read the first book, but I didn’t like it nearly as much as this one. I’ve really enjoyed this entire series so far. Great review.

    • Thanks. I have The Spellmason Chronicles series by Anton Strout to read for review and one of the main characters is a gargoyles but I don’t think he is a romantic interest.